Success is highly subjective. Some gauge success by their bank account, by the size of their friends list on Facebook or how many likes a post receives. Others gauge success by job title, reputation or amount of influence they possess. In this case, our measurement of success focuses on the foundation blocks of health, simplicity and happiness. Achieving internal success will enable you to become externally successful with little to no effort.
Below is a list of the first three hygge-lism habits that some of the most successful and respected figures of the past and present have practised and stood by as their means to achieving great success.
1. Develop a Minimal Wardrobe
A minimal wardrobe is not a new concept and its benefits are so great that some of the most influential people of the past and present have adopted them.
The most recently recognized minimal wardrobes are that of Mark Zuckerburg with his grey t-shirt and jeans, and the late, great Steve Jobs with his black turtleneck, jeans and white sneakers. It’s hard to picture either of these guys wearing anything different
A lesser known minimal wardrobe employer is former president Barack Obama. He limited himself to only gray or blue suits. Speaking of gray suits, Albert Einstein believe it or not only owned suits in shades of gray.
All of these people swore by minimal wardrobes for the same reasons.
They save time – It’s easy to decide what you are going to wear everyday when it’s not really a decision.
They save money – You are not constantly shopping for the new styles, latest brands or falling victim to fast fashion.
They reduce decision fatigue – Check out THIS POST for a detailed explanation of this.
They fit perfectly – When you like how something looks on you and are comfortable you gain confidence. So stick with it.
Simplicity – Simple things need to stay simple, why complicate something that is so basic and easy.
For more about minimal wardrobes – HERE IS ANOTHER ARTICLE.
2. Stay Organized
Minimalism in general, screams organization. Less things equal less clutter and less time dedicated to organizing your things. But we are not just talking about possessions here.
The items that the highly successful organize are plans, priorities and goals. Create to-do lists at the end of your day to help clear your mind and prepare for the next day. Apply priorities and schedule the most important items to complete when you are on the top of your game, which is typically first thing in the morning and at the beginning of the week.
Sometimes addition by subtraction is the best way to organize. Evaluate the excess in your life and relationships and remove distractions.
Set realistic goals and achieve them, then celebrate that achievement by setting another goal.
You can help yourself organize your mind and thoughts with the next hygge-lism habit.
3. Take Time to Meditate
We are beyond the days when the idea of meditation was only for monks and hipsters. The benefits of meditation have been studied, proven and written about in countless articles and scientific journals.
Something as simple as 20 minutes a day, even if you split it up into 5 or 10 minute intervals will serve to minimize your thoughts, clear your mind, reduce your stress and help you re-focus on what is truly important.
Do yourself a favor and download a meditation app on your smartphone and give it a shot. Guided meditation is available for beginners and it requires no accessories or equipment to do it.
In addition, hygge is more a mindset than anything else, meditation will aide you into achieving that mindset.
Take some time now and try and focus on implementing just one habit or at a time and be sure to subscribe to this blog so that you don’t miss part 2 of this article for 3 more hygge-lism habits of the highly successful.